Due to the restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus emergency, this year the Urbanpromo Green conferences will be held in a virtual venue, accessible on the Zoom platform and on the Urbanpromo website.

However, their ideal location remains the Iuav University of Venice, which like every year collaborates in the realization of the event and grants Urbanpromo its patronage.

The virtual classrooms will take the names of some personalities who, with their activity within the National Institute of Urban Planning, have made a significant contribution to the history of Italian urban planning: a dutiful tribute on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the INU.

The INU presidents to whom the IUAV virtual rooms are named on the occasion of Urbanpromo Green


Edoardo Detti (1913-1984) – full biography

President of INU from 1970 until 1977. After graduating in Architecture in Florence, with Giovanni Michelucci as supervisor, he devoted much of his life to drafting and revising numerous important master plans, especially for the Region of Tuscany.



Edoardo Salzano (1930 – 2019) – full biography

President of the INU from 1983 to 1991 and founded the magazine Urbanistica Informazioni, which he directed from 1972 to 1992. After graduating in Civil Engineering and Civil Engineering, in 1967 he obtained his first chair in Urban Planning. He has collaborated in the drafting of many master plans throughout Italy, also holding political offices.



Gianluigi Nigro (1936 – 2012) – full biography

President of INU from 1990 to 1992. After graduating in Architecture, he carried out an intense activity of design and consulting for the general urban planning in Italy and abroad. He has been scientific head of CNR research and author of several publications in the field of architecture and urban planning.



Giovanni Astengo (1915 – 1990) – full biography

Architect and university professor of urban planning, Gold Medal of Arts and Sciences of the Ministry of Research. He was honorary president of the INU from 1986 to 1990. He re-founded INU’s magazine Urbanistica in 1949, holding the position of editor-in-chief in 1952 and then director until 1977.



Giuseppe Campos Venuti (1926 – 2019) – full biography

Honorary president of the INU since 1990 and effective President from 1992 to 1993. From 1968 to 2001 he taught urban planning in the Faculty of Architecture at the Politecnico di Milano. In 1999 he was awarded the Gold Medal for Science and Culture by the President of the Republic. He has held various political offices and edited numerous important publications.


Federico Oliva (1945 – 2018) – full biography

President of INU from 2005 to 2013 and Director of Urbanistica magazine. He graduated in Architecture from the Politecnico di Milano in July 1969 and was Professor of Urban Planning at the same Politecnico. He is the author of numerous master plans and publications in the field of urban planning.


Luigi Piccinato (1899 – 1983) – full biography 

He graduated in architecture from the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in 1923, starting from the early years an intense teaching and professional activity, especially in the field of urban planning. He was Vice-President of INU from 1952, after the Institute’s 4th Congress, to 1964; and then again from 1966, after the 11th Congress, to 1969.



Bernardo Secchi (1934 – 2014)

Graduated from the Politecnico di Milano with Professor Giovanni Muzio, he carried out research activities as Director at the Istituto Lombardo di Studi Economici e Sociali (ILSES). Since 1966 he was professor and freelance teacher of Territorial Economics at the Faculty of Economics in Ancona. From 1974 he was full professor of Urban Planning at the Faculty of Architecture of the Politecnico di Milano, until 1984 when he moved to IUAV. He was a member of the National Board of Directors of the INU and editor of the magazine Urbanistica.


L’aula magna di Palazzo Badoer, che dal 2017 ha ospitato le edizioni di Urbanpromo svoltasi in presenza, è intitolato a Manfredo Tafuri. 


Manfredo Tafuri (1935-1994)

He graduated in architecture and was a student of Ludovico Quaroni. In 1966 he won a professorship in Rome and in 1968 moved to the IUAV University of Venice where he became director of the Institute of History. His lifelong interests in history have ranged from Renaissance to contemporary architecture.